I did not take from this film the idea that whatever story gets you through is true.
Instead, I took from it affirmation that we pull from the many truths we know to get us through.
| Life of Pi Storytelling and Religion | | Monday, November 01, 2009 | In Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, the theme of storytelling is implemented from the very beginning of the novel with the Author's Note.
It also foreshadows that there is a close link between storytelling and religion when Adriubasamy says "I have a story that will make you believe in God." (VIII).
The boat is like a temple because it is like a shelter and safe haven where people find peace.
Priests wear orange robes and survive off of donations; Richard Parker is also orange and is dependent on Pi for food.But one is also forced to grapple with the equally stunning revelation that beauty, hope, and love have the capacity to rise up and conquer the most horrific realities.Yann Martel, the author of the best-selling novel that Ang Lee’s film is based on, said he thought his story was unfilmable, even though he saw it cinematically in his mind as he wrote.At the end of the film, after we’ve gone adventuring, we return to Pi’s living room.He concludes by telling the writer that investigators had come to his hospital room after he was rescued.It turns everything the viewer has just seen upside down. Pi understands the dilemma and asks the writer, “Which is the better story?” We’re back to his father’s vision of reality versus his own adolescent one. Screenwriter David Magee said the implication is that Pi drew on both visions as he entered a brutal adult world that threatened to strip away his tender faith.Priests also stay inside the temple most of the time and rarely interact with humans, this resembles Richard Parker.The island that Pi reaches is green and green is considered the traditional colour of Islam.The story is told in flashback, from the point of view of a middle-aged Pi.He is sought out by a writer who says he’s heard that Pi has a tale to tell that will make him believe in God.